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A Historical and Philosophical Review of Localizing Brain Function

  • Mark S. George
  • Howard A. Ring
  • Durval C. Costa
  • Peter J. Ell
  • Kypros Kouris
  • Peter H. Jarritt

Abstract

Functional neuroimaging with SPET and PET can be viewed as the latest chapter in a long historical debate about how the mind interacts with the brain. This debate is a fundamental one for mankind, as we try to understand how we are able to perform those actions that most make us human — thinking, planning, dreaming, grieving. It is both interesting and entertaining to look back over this debate about how the brain and mind work. However, reviewing this history is more than simply an amusing historical game. For only by looking back and realizing how we arrived at our present theories of how the brain functions can we then proceed to ask the important questions that functional neuroimaging allows us to investigate.

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Pineal Gland Functional Neuroimaging Philosophical Review Human Neuron Ablative Lesion 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. George
    • 1
    • 2
  • Howard A. Ring
    • 3
  • Durval C. Costa
    • 4
  • Peter J. Ell
    • 5
  • Kypros Kouris
    • 6
    • 7
  • Peter H. Jarritt
    • 8
  1. 1.Raymond Way Neuropsychiatry Research Group, Department of Clinical NeurologyInstitute of NeurologyLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Raymond Way Neuropsychiatry Research Group, Department of Clinical NeurologyInstitute of NeurologyLondonEngland
  4. 4.Institute of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College and Middlesex School of Medicine (UCMSM)LondonEngland
  5. 5.Institute of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College and Middlesex School of Medicine (UCMSM)LondonEngland
  6. 6.Institute of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College and Middlesex School of Medicine (UCMSM)LondonEngland
  7. 7.University of KuwaitKuwait CityKuwait
  8. 8.Institute of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College and Middlesex School of Medicine (UCMSM)LondonEngland

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